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iThemba LABS Celebrates 30 years of Operating a Nuclear Physics Accelerator (Separated Sector Cyclotron)

iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences (iThemba LABS), a national research facility managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF), will be celebrating 30 years of operations with the Separated Sector Cyclotron (SSC), an accelerator which produces particle beams for nuclear physics research, particle therapy research as well as for the production of radioisotopes. The event will take place on Friday, 13 October 2017 in Cape Town.

The 30-year-old SSC has played a pivotal role in positioning iThemba LABS as a key contributor to the creation of knowledge and human capacity in the area of accelerator based sciences.

Radioisotope production at iThemba LABS is a celebrated example of research supporting innovative and societally relevant solutions. iThemba LABS has over the years developed a global reputation for the production of high grade radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. Through these production activities, the facility has been able to meet a specific need in the local radiopharmaceuticals and radionuclide market. 

The deputy director general of the department of Science and Technology, Dr Thomas Auf der Heyde, will be in attendance and will be speaking at the event.

All media are invited.

Details for the event:
Date: Friday, 13 October 2017
Time: 08h30 for 09h00 until 12h00
Venue: iThemba LABS Auditorium, Old Faure Road, Faure, Cape Town

For media enquiries, interviews and RSVP, please contact:
Palesa Mokoena
National Research Foundation
Tel: 012 481 4058
Email: palesa.mokoena@nrf.ac.za


ABOUT THE NRF: The National Research Foundation (NRF) is an independent statutory body setup in accordance with the National Research Foundation Act. Its mandate is to support and promote research through funding, human resource development and the provision of the necessary research facilities in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of science and technology, including indigenous knowledge, and thereby contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans.

About iThemba LABS: Activities at iThemba LABS are based around a number of sub-atomic particle accelerators. The largest of these, a k-200 separated sector cyclotron, accelerates protons to energies of 200MeV, and heavier particles to much higher energies. Smaller accelerators at the Western Cape site are two injector cyclotrons, one providing intense beams of light ions, and the other, beams of polarized light ions or heavy ions, and a 3MV tandem accelerator. Accelerators at the Gauteng site include a 6MV tandem accelerator and two low energy electrostatic accelerators for ion implantation and other surface science studies.

iThemba LABS brings together scientists working in the physical, medical and biological sciences. The facilities provide opportunities for modern research, advanced education, the treatment of cancers, and the production of unique radioisotopes.

The focus is on providing scientifically and medically useful radiation through the acceleration of charged particles using the Separated Sector Cyclotron and other appropriate technologies.

The vision of iThemba LABS is to be the primary centre of expertise in radiation medicine and nuclear science and technologies to advance the knowledge and health of the people of Africa.

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